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Authorities told Cindy Garcia that her husband would not be allowed to return, a move that has left the family "broken", said Mayra Valle, a family friend at the airport, per The Detroit News.
From all appearances, Garcia is the kind of immigrant most people would welcome into the U.S.; hardworking, law abiding, and a family man. On Monday, 39-year-old Jorge Garcia was deported to Mexico after being deemed too old to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Garcia, who worked as a landscaper, said goodbye to his wife, daughter and son at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, escorted by two immigration agents from the federal government.
"We're going to pray and get him back fast, faster than this paperwork that gave him a 10 year bar", she said.
Garcia had been given extensions under the Obama administration after facing an order of removal in 2009, CNN reported.
In November, amid U.S. President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants, Garcia learned he was to leave the country. His supporters say he has no criminal record - not even a traffic ticket - and pays taxes every year. From the travel ban to the potential loss of DACA, it has begun to feel like each day in the era of Trump carries with it a new threat against the men, women, and children who have known no other home than the one they inhabit in America.
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Immigrant advocates say deporting people like Jorge Garcia is ripping up families and communities that have been losing population. The deportation reportedly requires Garcia not come back to the USA for at least 10 years.
Attempts at getting Jorge legal status as an American citizen or resident following his marraige to Cindy (an American Citizen) resulted in deportation proceedings.
Garcia's wife Cindy is trying to bring him back to the U.S. They also have two children.
Moreover, Mexico is a foreign place for him, and he's anxious about finding work and creating a new life. "Day?" Erik Shelley, a leader with Michigan United, an immigrants rights advocacy group told the DFP.
"Get to know the facts before you make a judgment", she said.
"It's a nightmare, they're sad, they're depressed, they don't really comprehend everything that's going on, all they know is their dad is gone and they don't know when they're going to see him again", said Cindy Garcia.